Librivox recording of Folklore of the Santal Parganas by Cecil Henry Bompas.
Read by LibriVox volunteers.
This is an intriguing collection of folklore from the Santal Parganas, a district in India located about 150 miles from Calcutta. As its Preface implies, this collection is intended to give an unadulterated view of a culture through its folklore. It contains a variety of stories about different aspects of life, including family and marriage, religion, and work. In this first volume, taken from Part I, each story is centered around a particular human character. These range from the charmingly clever (as in the character, The Oilman, in the story, The Oilman and His Sons) to the tragically comical (as in the character, Jhore, in the story Bajun and Jhore). In later parts, the stories will focus on other subjects, including spirits, animals, and legends from this culture.
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September 27, 2011 Subject:
An interesting collection
The quality of the recording is a bit variable, but the pieces are so short that even if you strike a bad one (and there are only two which were bad enough to mention) that they are gone in a couple of minutes.
The structrue of the stories isn't as rounded as say, in the Brothers Grimm. Or perhaps, to listeners from that culture, they are? All in all, though, very interesting if you are into folklore.
April 30, 2009 Subject:
Folklore of Santal Parganas
A fun collection of tales read by various readers.
Some of the morality sounded strange to my western mind, yet I throughly enjoyed these short peices.